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4/23/10 6:11 P

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There's a pre-emergence made from corn gluten that works great. The only thing is that you have to water the little pellets in so that your dog won't eat them. It's non-toxic, but all the calories in corn gluten can't be good for dogs. The good thing about it is that it breaks down into nitrogen and works really super well in grassy areas. It only effects seeds, not established plants.

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4/22/10 2:20 P

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4/20/10 9:02 P

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You can spray the weeds with the vinegar then when they die just pull up the dead plants so that the vinegar on them does not go down into the soil. However since you are talking about azaleas, they prefer acid soil anyway so even if some of the vinegar does leach into the soil it probably will not be enough to lower the ph to the point of hurting the azalea and it may help it.

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4/20/10 5:02 P

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Thank you so much! I never gave it a thought about changing the ph of the soil. I will difinitely pull up all that I can and then vinegar where I cannot make them succomb to my might!! lol I am slowly getting over the poison I got a couple of weeks ago and I sure don't want that stuff growing up into my newly planted azaleas or anything else, for that matter! Ugh! It's awful stuff! Thank you, thank you!!

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4/19/10 8:22 P

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Aquajane is correct that the acidiy of vinegar can lower the PH of soil. When using it as a weed killer it should be sprayed on the leaves and stem of plants, it works by dehydrating the plant which is why it works best when they are already somewhat dehydrated by dry conditions. If after the plants die, you remove them from the area, you should not effect the PH of the soil by much. If in doubt, a PH kit is an inexpensive and easy way of checking that. They can be bought at most nurseries.

The effects of vinegar other than the possible change in PH are very short lived so should not be a problem with planting.

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4/19/10 5:44 P

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The horticultural vinegar is more than double strength. For best results, use it when the plants to be gotten rid of are dry and wanting water. Of course, too much vinegar (or dog pee LOL) can alter the soil pH, making some plants unhappy with the increased acidity. So manual removal when the weeds are young is the best way. And mulching (possibly over old newspaper as a weed barrier) to prevent more. But all are better than using chemicals, especially since some dogs eat the darndest things. My picky pup now likes chewing dried sage stems. And this from a picky meatlover LOL!

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4/19/10 2:56 P

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I was also wondering about weed killer that won't harm my pet. I will try the vinegar thing and see if that works. My hubby used stuff on the front yard but our dog goes in the backyard so he should be safe. I just hope that my hubby didn't spray my good plants. If they die then he will by buying me some new ones. Maybe for Mother's Day. He was asking me what I would like. Happy Gardening To All.

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4/19/10 1:23 P

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Do you know if the killing power lasts very long or how long? I told a neighbor of mine about this and she wants to clear out some weeds, but then plant something there. Got any idea how soon she could safely do that? Thanks!

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4/17/10 5:30 P

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It is always best to check if your aren't sure. It does a pretty good job on poison ivy so it should work on a lot of stuff.

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4/17/10 5:19 P

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I guess I should have known that, but glad to have the answer. I hope it will kill really tough vines.

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4/16/10 7:20 P

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You use straight vinegar, no water. The cheapest you can buy will work. You can also buy horticultural strength vinegar which is stronger and works better but does cost more.

It may sometimes take a couple of applications to kill the weeds, but at least it will not hurt the animals and it is inexpensive.

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4/16/10 6:58 P

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Will definately try the vinegar.

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4/16/10 2:50 P

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Thanks, I definitely will give it a try. After I posted this yesterday I didn't get any response fast enough for me, ha, ha. So I went out and just started pulling them. I am 3/4 of the way done. The vinegar will help. Its in a area that has compact sand that we put in(hard to explain). There is a trampoline over there. So it doesn't matter if plants don't grow there. We do put potted plants over there, but that's it. Does the vinegar keep on working for a while?

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4/16/10 8:51 A

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HOW MUCH VINEGAR TO WATER? emoticon

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4/15/10 8:19 P

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Vinegar
Spray it on a warm sunny day. It will kill weeds and any other plants it lands on so be careful.

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4/15/10 7:18 P

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Sorry can't help you, but when you find out if there is one, please let me know. I alway freak out for fear I'll kill some animal along the way.

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4/15/10 3:25 P

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Got to get rid of the weeds what do you guys recommend that wont hurt animals.

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